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KCSMMHZ
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
of carrying out his duties. >>> the leader of china's communist party game into office promising to narrow the gap between rich and poor. he wants to lift millions of people out of poverty. xi is expected to take over from president hu jintao in march. xinhua television reported xi squatted with villagers in their homes over the weekend and held their homes. he reportedly asked them whether they had warm blankets and enough coal for heating. the vice premiere, li keqiang, visited poor inland villages. li is the second-ranking leader in the communist party. the reports say he braved cold temperatures and snow to visit the mountainous area. >>> the chinese embassy in tokyo has dismissed a document that says some disputed islands are part of japan. japan controls the senkaku islands in the east china sea. china and taiwan claim them. japanese wire service jiji press says the chinese government issued the document in 1915. the document says the islands are part of ryukyu, an old name for that area that is now okinawa. the paper mentions the islands's former name. the chinese embassy issued a s
KCSMMHZ
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
. the plan is to start exporting the gas in 2014, primarily to satisfy china's thirst for energy. in brisbane, queensland's state capital, a gold-rush mentality prevails. queensland gas corporation, a subsidiary of a british energy giant, is one of the companies with headquarters here. its head of development, an american, loves australia. he says the continent is rich in natural resources and has a low population -- the perfect combination. >> what i really think is exciting about this is that, with good luck, with the wind at our back, essentially we will create an industry that will be the pride of australia and the envy of the region. it's a big deal! >> but not everyone is so enthusiastic. the farmers are getting rebellious. "no mines -- gas or pipelines! lock the gate!" is their call to arms. they're refusing to cooperate, risking expensive lawsuits. the protest movement is growing throughout australia. conservative farmers march side by side with environmental activists, demonstrating against the ruthless exploitation of their land. >> the biggest worry is the water. in a country like
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